FAREWELLS – TOP: Staff and faculty of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School wave to students and families as they drive by in the school parking lot this morning during a "reverse parade." Today was the final day of school in the district. ABOVE: Also today, Blatchley Middle School held a Rites of Passage ceremony in the parking lot. Principal Ben White hands out certificates to eighth-graders who will be attending high school in the fall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 7, 2015 Community Happenings

Municipal Services

Panel Discussion On

The presentation ‘‘Your City Services and Municipal Government: Where are We Going and How are We Going to Get There?’’ is scheduled 6-7:30 p.m.  Wednesday, May 13, at the Centennial Hall Maksoutoff Room

Panelists are Roger Hames, Lisa Busch, Steve Reifenstuhl, Gary Paxton and Rachel Roy.

Short panelists’ statements will be followed by interactive exchange with the audience moderated by Thad Poulson. The public is invited to attend.


SCVB to Meet

The Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors will hold a work session 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10,  at 303 Lincoln Street, Suite 4.

Questions can be directed to the SCVB at 747-5940 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Guided Bird

Walks Listed

Free guided bird walks are being held at Sitka National Historical Park each Saturday morning in May for those wanting to learn about the migrant and resident bird species of the park.

Spring migration bird walks will be held 8-10 a.m. May 9, 16, 23 and 30. The free walks are open to beginner and experienced bird watchers and will offer participants the chance to identify and learn about the abundant bird species that depend on the park’s coastal and rain forest ecosystems.

Participants are being encouraged to dress warmly and to be prepared to spend two hours outside in variable weather conditions. Attendees who have binoculars should take them. Aa limited number will be available. Field guides will be provided. 

Programs will begin and conclude at the park’s visitor center. For more information contact Ryan Carpenter, 747-0121, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Salmon Derby

Tickets on Sale

Entry tickets for the 60th annual Sitka Salmon Derby are now being sold at Orion Sporting Goods and Murray Pacific Supply.

Ticket prices are $15 for one day, $20 two days, $25 three days, $30 four days, and $35 five days. A five-day family ticket costing $65 covers only the parents and their children age 6 through 15.

The businesses named above also sell $30 annual memberships to Sitka Sportsman’s Association which qualify for $500 to the Association member entering the largest king each of the five days of the derby, May 23-24-25, and the following weekend, May 30-31. A lifetime membership in SSA is $200.

Anyone who complies with the rules of the derby and is past their sixth birthday is eligible to compete. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All contestants, except those exempted and children under age 16, must have a valid Alaska sport fishing license and king salmon stamp. All anglers are being urged to read new regulations published by Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Derby booklets with printed rules and a partial listing of donated prizes will soon be available at other Sitka businesses as well as Murray Pacific Supply and Orion Sporting Goods. Added valuable prizes will be publicized as the derby nears.

For more information, contact barge chairman John McCrehin, 738-8636, or SSA President Steve Ramp, 738-7267.


Sitka Cirque Set

Sunday at Hames

Sitka Cirque will be 7 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at the Hames Center.

The premier show will highlight the aerial silks and gymnastics programs at the Hames Center. Joining the group of local performers will be guest artist Cheetah Platt, a former Cirque de Soleil performer. Tickets are on sale at Hames Center and Old Harbor Books.






Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-22-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:00 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 2

Total statewide – 404

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 44, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



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